does anyone else struggle

larry A
By larry A Latest Reply 2010-04-21 14:52:22 -0500
Started 2010-01-15 21:48:49 -0600

My doctor has been after me for the last ????? number of years to loose the pounds now that I have actually started to loose the pounds doc seems like it is not a big deal that I am. I struggle with loosing pounds because of my work schedule and the lack of opportunities there are to have someone encouraging me along at any of the gym's in my area. I know that I need to loose the pounds but it is hard when your doing it alone. Does anyone have any suggestions that might be useful in keeping myself motivated to keep loosing the pounds

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larry A
larry A 2010-04-21 14:52:22 -0500 Report

thanks to all of you for the encouragement that I have been getting snce joining this group you are awesome to have as friends

larry A
larry A 2010-04-19 19:29:42 -0500 Report

been a while since I have been here but I lost another 3 pounds and the Dr. is very happy in the weight that I lost.My goal is to get to 290 by the end of the year. then I will set a new goal that I hope to achieve by this time next year

jayabee52 2010-04-20 02:12:44 -0500 Report

That's GREAT Larry A ! I pray you make your goal. Some people have found that having intermediate goals (like for example 3 lbs a month) helps them stay focused and motivated.

famousgirl 2010-02-20 01:05:16 -0600 Report

I have exactly the opposite problem that you have. I find myself struggling to keep weight on. I find myself having to work out to get weight back on and it is hard doing it alone. But we can be our own worse enemy and it is essential to overcome that obstacle. You shouldn't allow someone else to dictate your life. You should stop… but not too long… and pick up the courage to gain the re-enforcement you will need to get yourself to your goal.
I know it's a hard struggle but your not alone! Please feel free to visit my blog. I post regularly about issues that I face such as this! You might find some inspiration! If not at least you've found a friend!! One that will push you to reach your goal!

Your new friend Carmen!

DWirey 2010-02-12 06:29:04 -0600 Report

Hi, I am new here, so if anyone else has already said the same things, I apologize. It simply isn't your doctor's job to be your cheerleader. In his eyes, this is something that he has been telling you to do for years. This community, and your friends and family…we are your cheerleaders. I have struggled with my weight for years, and I applaud your efforts and hard work that you are showing now. Do you have a church family that can help offer you support? I rallied a group of women from my church to go walking with me at the mall, I love that not only are we getting exercise, we are becoming closer friends because of the fellowship that we are partaking in!

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2010-02-12 09:11:03 -0600 Report

First off, I want to say welcome to the site! I hope that all of us here can help in some way…That is a wonderful thing that you are doing…I wish you all the best in your struggle to loose weight…I don't have a weight problem, but I know that I need exercise, and definately do not get enough…That is something that I have got to work on, because I know how important it is…Hang in there, and keep up the good work!

Anne56 2010-02-12 14:55:32 -0600 Report

Dear DWirey: I agree with you in general. There are a couple of specifics, though, that I believe warrant consideration. One thing involves doctors who "reprimand" patients for not accomplishing what the doctor recommended, such as, weight loss. In that case, (especially if s/he has been ("reprimanding" his/her patient - for years). Attention to success is definitely called for in my book . No, the doctor does not need to be a cheerleader. But what I'm hearing are people who feel their doctors are not even minimally invested in their patients — there is no team or partner approach, no personal interest in clients.

Again, your response was excellent. I only wish to include the particular scenario that I have heard fairly often. Some doctors are so arrogant and dismissive! More and more people can not choose their doctors these days. It's a setup for lousy service. A simple acknowledgement of weight loss to someone who has been truly struggling, isn't much to expect. I believe that to be important to good health care. P.S. Welcome to DC. - Anne

thee808diabetic 2010-01-20 02:02:43 -0600 Report

I struggle a lot with my weight. My doctors always on my case too. Being a diabetic is hard enough to do things. Not to even mention the exercise part! I think it might help to have a 'gym buddie' Have someone that you know who wants to go to the gym faithfully too. Then you can both encourage eachother! I really hope things work out for you!

Carol Ann
Carol Ann 2010-01-23 15:38:07 -0600 Report

I struggle. Last Dec (2008) my doctor discussed medication and I told her I wasn't eating right and let me try to take care of it with proper diet. I've lost 47 pounds since then, but have remained the same weight for two months. This weight loss has been the hardest thing for me to do. So much off people's social life is tied to food and I've pretty much stayed home. I'm ready to get serious again and reach my goal and get back into life and learn a modified approach to social eating. A little exercise wouldn't hurt either.

I'm inspired by everyone here. If anyone has any advice about an easy approach to eating right without much preparaton, I would love to hear it.

larry A
larry A 2010-01-23 20:07:11 -0600 Report

I have been using the dlife web site reciepe box for alot of my food ideas and that has really been a good habit forming tool I also eat more protiens and less carbs than I did before instead of breads I will eat baked potatoe and calliflower and brocoli. I also try to measure my portions to the size of my fist. As a general rule if it is the size of your fist it is pretty close to the portion size most dieticians want you eating, at least that is what my dietician tells me

larry A
larry A 2010-02-11 23:39:17 -0600 Report

well I said I would come back and let you all know how I was doing with the wieght issues well I lost another 4 pounds. I am still shooting for my goal of 40 lbs I need to go another 20. thanks for all the encouragement.

Elrond 2010-02-12 00:00:27 -0600 Report

Keep at it, Larry. Even if you somehow lose weight quickly, it always comes back. Slow and careful is the way to do it. A large number of diabetics have weight issues and losing weight nearly always helps with control of blood sugar. I'm an exception to that rule because I'm underweight but I'm talking in general terms. It sounds to me as if you're doing a great job and I bet your next A1C will show it too.

larry A
larry A 2010-01-18 20:46:58 -0600 Report

I do try to get out everyday with my dog and I do have others around me here that I try to encourage to get out with me but it seems that they are still in the denial aspect of their weight issues. I do feel good about myself it is just hard to stay motivated when your doctor just does not seem that excited about the weight that has been lost. Any way thank you all for your encouragemant and I will be back every couple of days to keep you all posted.

Anne56 2010-01-20 06:48:36 -0600 Report

Just a thought, Larry… You may want a new doctor, if that is an option for you. Sometimes we stay where we are for no good reason. Having a supportive medical care provider is important. You are the client and should be satisfied with your care and support. You can get a great sense of what you need from interviewing staff — such as the doctor's nurse or PA, and then interview the potential new doctor. Friends and family might recommend someone new; someone better for You.

SuzyAttendorn 2010-01-16 17:47:38 -0600 Report

I struggle with my weight as well. Especially during the winter months when my Fibromyalgia is at it's worst because I find it hard to exercise due to the pain. We are all here for you and will help to encourage you. Thanks for reaching out to us! There are some great recipes on this site, check them out. I have managed to lose 30 lbs. by keeping my carbs below 45 each meal and 15 per snack, along with exercising as best I can. Good luck!

justgeo1 2010-01-16 17:33:43 -0600 Report

Nice dog, take it for a walk every day. The dog will get used to that and encourage you to do it again, every day! :)

I too, struggle to get enough exercise, but it really needs to be done. Find someone that you can buddy up with and encourage each other…

Anne56 2010-01-16 10:56:03 -0600 Report

Going it alone? I understand that feeling, but I wonder… Have you reached out to folks around you? Many of us feel alone and isolated in whatever challenge we are working on. The truth often is that we don't speak up and reach out to others. LOTS of folks struggle with weight! LOTS of folks struggle with diabetes, too; and so many are on the cusp of this diagnosis. You may turn out to be a wealth of information and support to others. After all, no one should be eating anything they want — sugars, fats, processed foods, enormous amounts at each sitting… It isn't healthy for anyone, not just us! And if no one seems interested, just wait till they see you drop a few pounds! You may have reached out with no response, and that would be too bad; but keep at it. Few people jump into healthy diets — and that is what this is all about. I want to admit that improving my diet was a far better goal for me, personally, than "losing weight". I found that seeking out what I CAN eat was more productive than worrying about what I can't eat. And the old adage fits for me: one step forward, two steps back. When I felt and saw some weight loss and felt better for it, it helped keep me on track. I applaud your seeking support and information from this venue and hope it helps.

salmanda 2010-01-16 08:02:53 -0600 Report

I too struggle with weight loss. We will all cheer you on here. I am going to start a new discussion where we can post our pounds lost and exercise successes. Anyone who wants to join in, please do! :)
Good luck everyone!
Sal :)

candy802 2010-01-16 08:07:47 -0600 Report

I to struggle with weight loss I try my best to eat right and i seem to gain instead of lose maybe we can help each other.

salmanda 2010-01-16 08:13:53 -0600 Report

The name of the discussion to help us support each other and celebrate our successes is:

Weight Loss/Exercise "Club"

Come and join in everyone…let's help each other succeed! :)

Hinboyz3 2010-01-16 06:59:21 -0600 Report

We care, cause it is a daily struggle for lots of us to lose weight. I was told to start to exercise, and I didn't even realize I was loosing some pounds until I went back to the doctors. I was so excited and so was my doctor, cause thats a really good thing. I care that your trying and you are losing some weight so keep us informed on your progress and keep up the really good work, and you should feel good about yourself cause your the one doing it.

hbkunkel 2010-01-16 05:36:38 -0600 Report

We are your biggest and most faithful cheerleaders. I am also struggling to get my weight down and have lost 14 pounds but have many to go but I already feel better and have had to adjust my meds once to loosing the weight. Keep us posted so we can cheer you on.

jaclyncrystal 2010-01-16 01:15:09 -0600 Report

I too struggle with my weight, although it is not a huge amount i need to lose to lower my bs levels. I wear a pedometer all the time, that is one way that I can try and get in all those important 10,000 steps a day we need. Use this site as your weight lose journal we will all help you, and in doing so you are helping us. Congrats on what you have accomplished so far. I agree that having a gym buddy would make it easier, but for now we are here keep us informed. all the best. jackie

Elrond 2010-01-15 22:06:29 -0600 Report

Hi Larry,
Even if nobody else cares about your weight loss, we do. Keep us posted on your progress. We'll cheer you on. Every pound you lose is another strike against our common enemy, diabetes. I wish you could just send me all your excess poundage because I'm underweight and struggling to gain. That might sound easy to do but try it without driving your sugar up. Add in diabetic gastroparesis and the whole thing gets complicated. Anyway, we're all cheering for you. :)

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